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VCE Hosting Several Gardening Clinics in March

The Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Arlington County office is hosting several gardening clinics throughout the month of March, which was scheduled to start last Saturday, March 7, with a clinic on how to propagate perennials taught by Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Bob Lund, but was postponed due to the cold weather. That clinic has been rescheduled to March 21 at 9 a.m. at in the Sunny Demonstration Garden in Bon Air Park, on the corner of Wilson Boulevard and Lexington Street in Arlington.

This Saturday the Virginia Cooperative Extension is hosting two gardening events. First, the Master Gardeners of Arlington/Alexandria is hosting a program called Preparing a Vegetable Garden from 9:30 – 11 a.m. at the Fairlington Community Center at 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. It’s the second in a three-program series on vegetable gardening at which participants can learn how to start plants from seeds, how to transplant vegetables into the garden and how to sow seed directly into the soil. It will also cover basic gardening tools and how to care for them.

Also on Saturday, Arlington County Extension Agent Kristen Buhls will lead a workshop on winter pruning from 1 – 3 p.m. at 2614 Ridge Road Dr., Alexandria. The workshop will address what shrubs, plants and trees to prune in late winter and early spring as well as teach participants how to prune, what tools to use and how to care for them.

On Tuesday, March 16, the Master Gardeners of Arlington/Alexandria will present a program covering the basics of creating a beautiful, sustainable yard using native plants as well as methods that reduce resources, time and money. The program will be held at Fairlington Community Center from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Next Saturday, March 21, the Master Gardeners of Arlington/Alexandria will present a program on Container Gardening for Parents and Children from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Burke Brunch Library at 4701 Seminary Road, Alexandria. The program will focus on the types of plants that can be combined in a container, creative ideas for containers and soil selection and maintenance techniques to keep container gardens flourishing.

On Monday, March 23, Master Gardener Sally Baker will present a program on combining purchases from the grocery store with herbs from the garden to create healthy and appealing dishes from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Burke Branch Library. All of the programs are free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested at mgnv.org.